Three Arsenal players have committed their futures to the North London outfit, but the club are still waiting on star duo Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.
French trio Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny and Francis Coquelin have put pen to paper on new contracts.
The club have not specified the length of deals for the players, but manager Arsene Wenger sees them as important members of the team now and for the future. He told the club’s official website:
“We are very pleased that three important members of our team have committed to us for the long term. Francis has made tremendous technical strides over the past few years because he’s so focused every day.
“Olivier has big experience in the game now and has become a more and more complete player since joining us. Laurent is of course a key part of our squad and I believe one of the best defenders in the world today. So overall, this is great news for us.”
Giroud has found goalscoring form of late, netting four in as many games, while Koscielny has formed a strong partnership with Shkodran Mustafi in defence.
Coquelin has struggled with injuries this season, but he has still managed to make 17 Premier League appearances and four in the Champions League.
A number of fans are pleased to see the trio extend their stays at the Emirates, but they would have been even happier had Sanchez and Ozil been included.
The duo have been in negotiations with the Premier League club for the last few months, but are yet to agree on fresh terms.
With 18 months remaining on both of the players’ contracts, there is a feeling of uncertainty surrounding their futures at Arsenal.
After the news was announced that Giroud, Coquelin and Koscielny had penned new deals, fans took to Twitter to give their reaction.
Great news that Koscielny, Coquelin and Giroud have all signed new contracts! 3 very important players for our team ???????? #COYG
— Harry (@AFC_Harry34) January 12, 2017
Name me a better foursome, i'll wait. pic.twitter.com/rhlCJpjOok
— #FreePayet (@TacticalGiroud) January 12, 2017
Delighted that Giroud, Koscielny and Coquelin have signed new deals. But we need Sanchez and Ozil signed up. Get it done @Arsenal
— Mike Willder (@MikeWillder) January 12, 2017
We are delighted Coquelin, Giroud & Koscielny have all signed new long-term contracts. Have I misspelt Ozil & Alexis? Sorry, can't hear you.
— Wenger Knows Best (@wengerknowsbest) January 12, 2017
Let's make no bones about it. If Giroud, Kos and Coq just signed new contracts that means Wenger is too. What a great day
— Nice One ????️RSENAL (@AFC_Bam) January 12, 2017
Great news for Arsenal regarding the French trio. Koscielny and Giroud always important. Crazy to see Coquelin's rise. #AFC
— Alex Batt (@AlexBatt) January 12, 2017
Delighted Giroud, Kos and Coquelin have signed new contracts, 3 of the most passionate players on the pitch at times #WeAreTheArsenal
— Cailean (@Caileanface) January 12, 2017
Koscienly, Giroud and Coquelin all signed up. Ozil and Alexis next @Arsenal ????????
— 6'2 ???????? (@Mta_1991) January 12, 2017
— Cath [SDMN] (@cathrinekrg) January 12, 2017
@Arsenal good news ..Now only Ozil and Sanchez left
— Indiana Bönes (@Cechque) January 12, 2017